NewsNet 05-22-15

COMCAST TO ADD MORE THAN 1,100 JOBS IN TUCSON - Comcast plans to add 1,125 jobs in Tucson later this year at a new customer support center with a payroll of $35 million a year, the media company announced yesterday. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey spoke at a Phoenix news conference yesterday, calling the move an economic win for Arizona. The new call center will house Comcast's first Spanish-language social media team and include higher-end technical support workers to serve users of Comcast's Xfinity product line. At least 15 percent of the new positions will be filled by military reservists and veterans and their spouses or domestic partners, Comcast said. The company already has a service center on North Cortaro Road with more than 100 employees. The additional hires will make Comcast one of the top 40 employers in Southern Arizona. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and the Comcast news release.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY CAMPAIGN SEEKS TO REDUCE FATALITIES AND INJURIES - The Pima Association of Governments (PAG) has a new "Walk Safe. Drive Safe" pedestrian safety campaign, including a 30-second video to help tell a story that encourages people to watch out for each other and themselves. An average of 250 pedestrians are injured each year in collisions with vehicles and about 20 of those don't survive, according to crash analysis data prepared by PAG. Contributing factors in pedestrian crashes include low lighting, alcohol use, and not following good safety practices, the analysis said. Pedestrians are encouraged to cross at marked intersections, wear bright clothing at night, and make sure drivers see them before they step into the street. Drivers are encouraged to slow down, avoid distractions while driving, and watch for pedestrians, especially when approaching any intersection.

TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER UPGRADE WINS STATE AND LOCAL AWARD - The Tucson Convention Center (TCC) this week won the American Public Works Association (APWA) 2014 Project of the Year award for structures less than $25 million in both the Southern Arizona and statewide competitions. Winning at the state level elevates the project to compete at the national level in June. The APWA award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor. The $9 million TCC arena renovation included 4,924 new stationary seats, 2,122 new portable seats, two new LED high-definition video boards, new lighting, and updated restrooms, concession stands and arena breezeway. There also were many other cosmetic arena improvements, including new paint, signage, and more.

SERVICE CHANGES DUE TO MONDAY HOLIDAY - Monday is Memorial Day and that means all City of Tucson offices will be closed, except for emergency services. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, so all customers will have their collections delayed by one day next week. The Los Reales Landfill also will be closed. Meanwhile, Sun Tran buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day.

'MUSIC UNDER THE STARS' CONCERTS CONTINUE THIS WEEKEND - Under the direction of Maestro László Veres, the Tucson Pops Orchestra celebrates its 61st year of performing free concerts in the park. The public is invited to enjoy "Music Under the Stars" at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park, Sunday evenings at 7 p.m., through May 31. This Sunday's performance features vocalist Crystal Stark. During her fifth performance with the Tucson Pops, Stark will sing some her favorite songs and introduce an original tune from her new CD. Stark is a an award-winning vocalist and American Idol semifinalist. In a special salute to Memorial Day, the Tucson Pops Orchestra will feature a variety of patriotic music. Read more from Tucson Parks and Recreation.